Marks & Spencer is slicing back on one among its key staples: males’s suits.
During the pandemic, with the vast majority of workers pressured to adapt to home-working, it appears that evidently sensible workplace put on is slowly falling out of trend, with M&S stocking suits in solely 110 of its 254 outfitters, The Sunday Times reviews.
Instead, the retailer is favouring casualwear, with tailoring being traded for seems to be comprising shirts and chinos.
M&S states that within the yr to April, gross sales of its formal put on decreased by 15 per cent on-line and 72 per cent in shops in contrast to the earlier yr.
Sale of informal put on, in the meantime, went up by 61 per cent on-line in the identical time interval.
The retailer has been selling suits since 1939, making its first males’s swimsuit out of flannel.
According to YouGov, one in 5 individuals need to make money working from home completely post-pandemic, whereas a couple of in three (37 per cent) mentioned that they want to make money working from home “some of the time”.
If distant working will increase, the compulsion to “dress for work” will, in flip, lower, thus rendering sensible workplace put on considerably out of date.
Wes Taylor, director of M&S menswear, advised the paper: “During the pandemic we worked hard to adapt our product offer to be more relevant to customers’ rapidly changing needs.
“Covid hit fast forward on the trend to more casual dressing that was already in train so our smartwear is now more focused on smart separates – easy to wear, stylish smart clothing that can be worn in lots of different ways.
“However, we still want to be the go-to for a great suit whatever the occasion. Lots of men want help buying a suit from an expert so during the pandemic we also launched online video consultations.”